9th Batt. R. Ir. Fus.
Dear Mrs Adams
Just a line to let you know I received your letter alright, thanks very much for the same. You need not be expecting a letter from Johnie [sic] for a few days as he has strained his thumb and will not be able to write for some time until the swelling goes down. But he is in the best of health only for that.
We had a big inspection by Lord Kitchener on Tuesday and he was very pleased with the Division. He says if we had our ball-firing over we would be fit to go any place.
I suppose all is going on as usual over there and some people getting married and people dying and all the people working on as usual.
Y here there is not much strange going on here at present we are just fooling about at the same old thing as when we were in Ireland. I have no news to tell you at present but may-be I will have more the next time.
I think I will close for the present. Tell Annie and Jimmie I will send them p-c’s later as I have not time to write them now.
With best love to all
Your sincere friend
Date evidence: Lord Kitchener inspected the 36th Ulster Division on Tuesday 27 July 1915. This letter was presumably written a few days afterwards.